San Francisco Seals

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Team History
All-Time Leaders    Batting    Pitching
League Championship Titles: 1921, 1936
Ballpark: Seals Stadium

Seals Stadium   Opened: 1931   Capacity: 16,000
16th Street and Bryant Street, San Francisco, California

AVG overall 1.036
LHB 1.042, RHB 1.033
Doubles .987
Triples 1.226
HR overall .374
LHB .354, RHB .385

Distances/wall heights
Left Field line 365 ft./15 ft.
Left Field 365 ft./15 ft.
Left-Center Field 400 ft./15 ft.
Center Field 404 ft./15 ft.
Right-Center 400 ft./15 ft.
Right Field 372 ft./15 ft.
Right Field line 385 ft./15 ft.

In the Redux

The Seals have two Pacific Coast League championships but have yet to win a World Series title. The Seals also made postseason appearances in 1922, 1925, 1928, 1932, 1939, and 1940.

Real-life history

There were many professional baseball leagues that sprang up in California for a season or two in the 1870s and 1880s. It would be an understatement to say that San Francisco had a team in all of those early leagues; in some of them, San Francisco had all the teams.

The ’35 champs had Lefty O’Doul at the helm, DiMaggio in the corn, and, perhaps inspired by O’Doul’s frequent trips to Japan, a logo that read right to left.
O’Doul took the whole team with him on the 1949 excursion that produced this nifty souvenir.

The 1903 San Francisco Seals retained many of the members of the 1902 California League’s San Francisco entry, so it may or may not have been a new team; in any event, that was the team that represented the city in the brand new Pacific Coast League. As the club was owned by J. Cal Ewing, who also owned the Oakland Oaks, the “San Francisco” Seals sometimes played home games across the Bay.

This musclebound pinniped cranes his neck to torturous extremes in demonstrating that some species are better suited to anthropomorphism than others.

In 1907, a new ballpark, Recreation Park, became their home for the next two decades. They won their first pennant in 1909, followed by titles in 1915, 1917, 1922, 1923, and 1925. In 1931 they unveiled 18,600-seat Seals Stadium and won the pennant their first season there. They also won pennants in 1935, 1946, and 1957, their final year in San Francisco.

One of the Seals’ owners in the 1940’s, businessman Paul Fagan, pushed for the PCL to gain acceptance as the third Major League. He eschewed affiliation with major league clubs and spent lavishly in an attempt to upgrade Seals Stadium to a major league facility. Lacking sufficient support from the other PCL owners, Fagan’s ambitions failed, paving the way for MLB’s usurpation of the PCL’s largest cities.

The Seals became the longtime minor league affiliate of the team that displaced them, the San Francisco Giants, playing a few years in Tacoma and the rest of the time in Phoenix. Since 1998 they have been affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks, and are today known as the Reno Aces.

San Francisco Seals Uniform History

1921 Home

1922 Home

1923 Home

1921 Away

1922 Away

1923 Away

1924-1933 Home

1934-1935 Home

1936 Home

1924-1927 Away

1928-1932 Away

1933-1934 Away

1935 Away

1936 Away

1937 Home

1938 Home

1939 Home

1940 Home

1941-1942 Home

1937 Away

1938-1939 Away

1940 Away

1941-1942 Away

1943 Home

1944-1945 Home

1946 Home

1943 Away

1944-1945 Away

1946 Away

1947-1948 Home

1949-1950 Home

1951-1952 Home

1953-1954 Home

1955 Home

1947-1954 Away

1955 Home

1956-1957 Home

1956-1957 Away